POLL: Arabs Prefer to Live in Israel

Apartheid? What apartheid? Local Arabs say they prefer to live in the Jewish state

By Israel Today Staff |
Arabs and Jews chat outside a supermarket in Israel.
Arabs and Jews chat outside a supermarket in Israel. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to describe Israel as an “apartheid state” when a firm majority of Arabs say they actually prefer life in the Jewish state.

And the Arab respondents in yet another survey on the matter are saying just that.

Conducted by the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation Center at Tel-Aviv University’s Dayan Center, and Kivun, a research, strategy and communications company, the survey asked local Arab residents how they personally view the State of Israel.

A firm 60 percent majority of Arabs overall said they hold a favorable view Israel, while only 37 percent described their view as unfavorable.

Among Arab Muslims, the view was 49%-48% in favor, and among Christian Arabs the view was 61%-33% in favor. Nearly all Druze (94 percent) said they view the State of Israel favorably.

It was notable that 47 percent of Arab respondents overall said they “felt unequally treated” compared to the country’s Jewish population. Still, an overwhelming 63 percent majority said Israel is a good place for Arabs to live.

Michael Borchard, Israel director of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, said that the results once again demonstrated that among local Arabs “there is more identification with Israel than with a possible Palestinian state.”

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